Arsenal midfielder and vice-captain Mikel Arteta has moved to placate Arsenal fans who are furious for the drubbing the Gunners received from their London neighbours no thanks to the horror showing of the Gunners at the weekend.
“We paid for our own mistakes. We have to take it on the chin because it is unacceptable to lose another big game like this,” the Spaniard said.
“You cannot only just move on, you have to analyse what you have done and react. I am expecting a big reaction on Tuesday (because) Saturday was not good enough for this football club
“The good thing is we have a lot of things to play for and we have always reacted to disappointments and difficult moments, but this one is a really hard one to take, it was a massive game for us and for me it is unacceptable.
“The pressure we put on ourselves by losing games like that is massive and there is no need for it.
“We just disrupted the good season we were having. I don’t know what else to say apart from sorry to everyone at the club, the fans, and we promise that we will try hard to put that right.”
” It hurts deeply inside. It is embarrassing to be on a football pitch in that situation,” he said.
“Psychologically it is really hard, and when you go through that you analyse it and you know you don’t want to be in that situation again.
“I promise everyone that we have that hunger to put it right. On Tuesday, we have an opportunity again at home and we just need to bounce back.”
Well said Arteta but talk is cheap. Everyone messed up but you are the chief culprit as you failed to man your territory well enough, failing to provide adequate protection for the back 4 and that ensure we were perpetually exposed. It is good that we have an opportunity to put things right as early as tomorrow, hopefully, you will all give us something to cheer. Just a win won’t be good enough. It has to be a commanding performance bringing comprehensive victory. By the virtue of the weekend’s loss, Arsenal’s goal difference took a deficit of 6 and it is just ideal to get ot back as soon as possible and what better opponent to get it against than the Swansea.
Just like he said, Arsenal’s season isn’t over just yet as there is still a lot to play for and I believe they will bounce back just like they have done after previous disappointments.